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The Magic PuddingThe Opera
Delicious never-ending fun

Calvin Bowman and Anna Goldsworthy
4 - 6 October

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WORLD PREMIÈRE 

Meet Albert. He’s a walking, talking, never-ending dessert, and a typical Australian larrikin. His companions are a penguin (Sam Sawnoff), a sailor (Bill Barnacle) and a koala (Bunyip Bluegum) and his enemies are the puddin’ thieves – Wombat and Possum. Described as being somewhere between Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, The Magic Pudding has captured the imagination of readers for almost a hundred years.

 

In 2013, Victorian Opera gives Norman Lindsay’s much loved Australian classic The Magic Pudding a unique voice in an opera for children. This brand new commission will bring together the witty and absurd world of The Magic Pudding with the soaring voices of the Victorian Youth Opera and our emerging talent. Following a limited world première season in Melbourne, The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour, engaging communities and children around Victoria. With Victorian Youth Opera’s history of sell-out seasons, audiences looking for a taste of this delightful production are advised to get in quick!

Composer
Calvin Bowman
Librettist
Anna Goldsworthy
Conductor
Daniel Carter
Concept & Direction
Cameron Menzies
Designer
Chloe Greaves
Lighting Designer
Peter Darby

Victorian Youth Opera

VENUE
Merlyn, The Cooper's Malthouse

 

DATES

  • Friday 4 October 6.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Saturday 5 October 4.00pm *SOLD OUT*, 6.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Sunday 6 October 12.00pm *SOLD OUT*, 2.30pm *SOLD OUT*

1 hour with no interval

Regional Tour commences 22 October 2013. Find out  more >

 

TICKETS

  • Tickets $36 Full (plus booking fee). Concession prices available including $30 VOyage (Under 30's) tickets.
  • Tickets are available through the Malthouse Theatre online > or call 03 9685 5111 (select option 2)
  • Regional tour tickets visit here >

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES
Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Suitable for children aged 6 and up

The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour engaging communities and children around Victoria. Contact Melissa Harris, Education Manager on 03 012 6652 to find out more about this delicious opera.

Regional Tour Dates

MELBOURNE: Malthouse Theatre - Friday 4, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October

Melbourne 4,5&6october 
Warragul 12 october
Wodonga 22 october
Mildura 25 october
Shepparton 29 october
Ballarat  7 november

WODONGA: The Cube Wodonga - Tuesday 22 October 2013

MILDURA: Mildura Arts Centre Friday 25 October

SHEPPARTON: Westside PAC - Tuesday 29 October

BALLARAT: Her Majesty's Theatre - Thursday 7 November

WARRAGUL: West Gippsland Arts Centre - Tuesday 12 November






WORLD PREMIÈRE 

Meet Albert. He’s a walking, talking, never-ending dessert, and a typical Australian larrikin. His companions are a penguin (Sam Sawnoff), a sailor (Bill Barnacle) and a koala (Bunyip Bluegum) and his enemies are the puddin’ thieves – Wombat and Possum. Described as being somewhere between Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, The Magic Pudding has captured the imagination of readers for almost a hundred years.

 

In 2013, Victorian Opera gives Norman Lindsay’s much loved Australian classic The Magic Pudding a unique voice in an opera for children. This brand new commission will bring together the witty and absurd world of The Magic Pudding with the soaring voices of the Victorian Youth Opera and our emerging talent. Following a limited world première season in Melbourne, The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour, engaging communities and children around Victoria. With Victorian Youth Opera’s history of sell-out seasons, audiences looking for a taste of this delightful production are advised to get in quick!

Composer
Calvin Bowman
Librettist
Anna Goldsworthy
Conductor
Daniel Carter
Concept & Direction
Cameron Menzies
Designer
Chloe Greaves
Lighting Designer
Peter Darby

Victorian Youth Opera

VENUE
Merlyn, The Cooper's Malthouse

 

DATES

  • Friday 4 October 6.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Saturday 5 October 4.00pm *SOLD OUT*, 6.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Sunday 6 October 12.00pm *SOLD OUT*, 2.30pm *SOLD OUT*

1 hour with no interval

Regional Tour commences 22 October 2013. Find out  more >

 

TICKETS

  • Tickets $36 Full (plus booking fee). Concession prices available including $30 VOyage (Under 30's) tickets.
  • Tickets are available through the Malthouse Theatre online > or call 03 9685 5111 (select option 2)
  • Regional tour tickets visit here >

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES
Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Suitable for children aged 6 and up

The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour engaging communities and children around Victoria. Contact Melissa Harris, Education Manager on 03 012 6652 to find out more about this delicious opera.

Regional Tour Dates

MELBOURNE: Malthouse Theatre - Friday 4, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October

Melbourne 4,5&6october 
Warragul 12 october
Wodonga 22 october
Mildura 25 october
Shepparton 29 october
Ballarat  7 november

WODONGA: The Cube Wodonga - Tuesday 22 October 2013

MILDURA: Mildura Arts Centre Friday 25 October

SHEPPARTON: Westside PAC - Tuesday 29 October

BALLARAT: Her Majesty's Theatre - Thursday 7 November

WARRAGUL: West Gippsland Arts Centre - Tuesday 12 November

The Wall

Farewell Albert!


Albert treats the cast and crew with a farewell song! We've had a fantastic time puddin' this show on the road, thank you to everyone who shared The Magic Pudding - the opera journey with us including Malthouse Theatre, The Cube Wodonga, Mildura Arts Centre, Westside Performing Arts Centre, Her Majesty's Ballarat and West Gippsland Arts Centre.


Resourceful Pud'


View our The Magic Pudding - the opera Education Resource online or download print-friendly version:

The Magic Pudding - the opera

The Magic Pudding - the opera is presented with kind permission of the copyright holders: H.C. & A. Glad. Image: © H.C. & A. Glad, 1918, from The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia.         

Supported by:
Victorian Opera Youth Opera Patron Miss Betty Amsden OAM
Victorian Opera Education Syndicate
Victorian Opera New Work Syndicate

PUDDIN' PROGRAM


VIEW THE PROGRAM ONLINE >

 

Albert relaxes on the Murray River


Albert on the way to Westside Performing Arts Centre in Shepparton. Don't worry, he wore sunscreen and a hat!

Albert's at the Lighting Desk


There's nothing this pudding can't do! Albert adding the final touches to the show at West Gippsland Arts Centre.


Puddin' travels


Albert checking the directions to Mildura Arts Centre

 

On the Road


Albert getting ready to start The Magic Pudding - the opera regional tour. First stop, The Cube Wodonga.

OPENING NIGHT BLOG!


If you have missed out on your slice of the puddin', fear not! We've captured the magical story in our Behind the Curtain Blog >

A picture from a fan!


We think Romany's (age 7) drawing of The Magic Pudding and Co could give Norman Lindsay's illustration a run for the money!


 

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4 hours til the WORLD PREMIERE of The Magic Pudding - the opera! Here is a little taste of the outback...


 

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"Singing at breakfast should certainly be more commonly indulged in, as it greatly tends to enliven…a somewhat dull proceeding."
Bunyip Bluegum, koala from The Magic Pudding.  

 

Image: © H.C. & A. Glad, 1918, from The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia.         

Name calling and eating slugs?...


It’s all in a day’s work for Jeremy Kleeman who plays Albert the Pudding! The Victorian Opera team are in the throes of preparing for The Magic Pudding – the opera, but we managed to pull Jeremy away from rehearsals to chat to us about this exciting and much-loved story. Read our interview in the Behind the Curtain blog >

 

A dog is a puddin's best friend!


Putting Puddin' on stage


"Now what does a bunyip have to do to get some pudding around here!?" An upclose look at The Magic Pudding - the opera set design by Chloe Greaves.


Bake your own puddin'!


Baked Fruit Pudding Recipe

  • 1 cup S.R. flour
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbs diced apricots
  • 2 tbs mixed peel
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g butter ¼ cup water
  • 30 g butter, extra ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Sift flour and add vanilla to milk. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add egg. Add flour and milk alternately. Stir in fruit. Spoon into greased ovenproof dish.

Combine brown sugar and extra butter and water. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves and then pour over pudding. Bake in a moderate oven 30-40 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc.

On the Road


We're puddin' it on the road and are heading to country Victoria to conduct rehearsal workshops for The Magic Pudding - the opera! Artistic Director Richard Mills and Répétiteur Phillipa Safey tried out the local scones (or should we say puddin')!


SNEAK PEEK!


There's a magic pudding running amuck in the office... here's just a slice of what to expect!

 

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What a week of workshop fun for Victorian Opera on the road... can't wait to get The Magic Pudding - the opera on tour! Thanks to all our friends in Wodonga, Shepparton... and finally Ballarat, just a few of who are pictured with Artistic Director Richard Mills and Repetiteur Phillipa Safey!